This guide discusses the various aspects of forcing spring flowering bulbs, including planting, cold treatment, forcing, care, and forcing in water.

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Pioneers carried the ancestors of this huge double-red Peony across the American West! Even if this double-red Fern Leaf Peony weren't so lovely, its fascinating history as part of the settlement of the American West would make it a conversation piece in the garden. As it is, you can see why pioneers carefully dug up the young plants, bound their roots in wet cloth, and loaded them into covered wagons to beautify the new landscape. Some of those original plants still survive, and with very little work on your part, the bareroot you plant this fall will be delighting the eye of your descendants a hundred years or more from now!

As petal-packed as the finest Rose, these brilliant red blooms are vastly easier to grow, and longer-lasting in the garden or vase, to boot! They arise at the end of short, very sturdy 12-inch stems with foliage that looks like a fern or young Conifer! (Don't be alarmed if, well after the mid-spring bloom, the foliage goes summer-dormant in the heat. It will be back for countless years to come!) Perfect for

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According to Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese practice, the red peony is a symbol of good fortune associated with women & romance. It is believed to keep passion and love alive.

Symbol of remembrance, they bloom aptly around Mother's Day, when the loveliness of spring is at its peak. Named for the Greek physician Paeon, who used them to treat battle wounds of the gods, they signify healing. Planted along the path to your entry, they are said to keep evil from your door.If this lore is not mere whimsy, but a reflection of human hopes, peonies may be a flower for our own stricken day. A knobby root, settled in the soil this fall, will almost certainly reward the faithful with blossoms almost too beautiful to be real next spring -- and the next and the next. Longer lived than many a tree, peonies can endure for a century or moreThese are among the oldest plants cultivated for their flowers and for the healing properties of their tuberous roots and shiny dark seeds. In China, where records mentioning this flower date to 600 B.C., peonies were known as "the King of Flowers," and often portrayed with the phoenix, an icon of life arising from ashes, triumphant. The genus includes about 30 species, but the two chief divisions are the herbaceous peonies, soft-stemmed plants that die back to the ground in winter, and "tree" peonies, shrubs that have a persistent woody framework..

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Peonies The large showy, flowers of peonies are produced in mid-to late spring. Many colors and flower forms are available. Because winter chilling is required for dormancy, peonies often do not perform well in the lower South. Early blooming and single or Japanese cultivars generally perform better in South Carolina than other types.HEIGHT/SPREAD Most herbaceous peonies grow 2 to 3 feet tall in our area with a 3-to 4-foot spread when mature. Some cultivars and species will grow a foot taller or lower. Tree peonies (which are actually a shrub) grow to about 4 to 5 feet under normal conditions.


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